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Adam Putnam fundraising panel to host Senate candidates

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Come to Zolfo Springs for the barbecue; stay to listen to the Republican candidates for U.S. Senate.

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam‘s political committee, “Florida Grown,” is hosting the annual “Friends of Florida Agriculture Barbecue” on Saturday, at Peace River Valley Ranch in Hardee County. 

The ranch is about a five-hour drive from Tallahassee, an hour and a half from Tampa, and nearly four hours from Miami.

GOP contenders Ron DeSantis, a northeast Florida congressman; Lt. Gov. Carlos LopezCantera; and Todd Wilcox, a Special Forces and CIA veteran, and businessman, are scheduled to attend, according to a news release.

Each candidate will make remarks, then take part in a question-and-answer session led by Putnam, a Republican who is widely expected to run for governor in 2018.

The event is noon to 3 p.m. The ranch is located at 1445 Ben Hill Griffin Road in Zolfo Springs. Tickets are $25 per person and $50 per family.

To register in advance, send an email to

Florida Grown was “established by Putnam to help achieve his vision for Florida – a place where jobs are plentiful, quality education is accessible, and freedom and liberty flourish,” the release said.

Before joining Florida Politics, journalist and attorney James Rosica was state government reporter for The Tampa Tribune. He attended journalism school in Washington, D.C., working at dailies and weekly papers in Philadelphia after graduation. Rosica joined the Tallahassee Democrat in 1997, later moving to the courts beat, where he reported on the 2000 presidential recount. In 2005, Rosica left journalism to attend law school in Philadelphia, afterwards working part time for a public-interest law firm. Returning to writing, he covered three legislative sessions in Tallahassee for The Associated Press, before joining the Tribune’s re-opened Tallahassee bureau in 2013. He can be reached at

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